One of the amazing things about crochet is just how many stitches there are. Of course, this can make it tricky to identify stitches sometimes. One of the most common crossovers is between the puff stitch, bobble stitch and popcorn stitch. All designed to create a raised, bump on the fabric, these stitches are fun, attractive and…REALLY difficult to tell apart!
It’s such a common trouble, that I actually wrote a blog on the differences between the three back in 2018. If you’re wondering what the differences are between the three stitches, you should check that out, Puff, Bobble and Popcorn Stitches.
PATTERN USE IDEAS
- Scarfs and cowls
MATERIALS & TOOLS NEEDED
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft
Hook: 5mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Written in UK terms
This pattern gives you the basic principles for the puff stitch, designed to help you create your own projects.
The video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.
PUFF STITCH INSTRUCTIONS
- BUILD YOUR FOUNDATION
Make an even number of chains and then crochet a row of double crochet starting in the 2nd chain from the hook.
Chain 1, turn the work and do a double crochet in the base of chain 1. This helps to build a straight edge at the side of the work.
Each of these stitches will be performed from the wrong side of the work. This means that your stitches will be pushed away from you. Please follow this rule unless a pattern advises you differently.
- BEGIN PUFF STITCH
For this stitch you will yarn over and insert the hook into the next stitch. Yarn over and pull through. this process will be repeated 5 times and you will end up with 11 loops on your hook which will be bunched together. Yarn over and pull through all of the loops on the hook.
Double crochet into the next stitch. Repeat your puff stitch and double crochet to the end of the row. You will end on a double crochet.
You must then chain 1 and turn. Double crochet into the base of the chain one and into every stitch of the row. Chain 1 and turn. You will now repeat the puff stitch row.
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RebeccaAugust 3, 2020 at 10:19 pm
Hmm…I don’t think my first comment went through.
At any rate I really like this tutorial though I am having difficulties with the tension, it is hard to do repeated yarn-overs then try to pull the hook through the multiple loops. It doesn’t slide as readily as yours does but then again you make it look so easy cuz’ you’ve been doing this for quite some time too. I used a 6 mm bamboo needle and thought that maybe switching to metal would be easier but sadly, it was not.
Also I appreciate your diction, it is easy to understand and you do not talk too fast which is helpful when a beginner like myself is trying to learn these things
Joyce MilneSeptember 24, 2020 at 6:30 am
I have used your YouTube channel to learn how to crochet, I’m following my first ever pattern!! I need to understand how to do a back post puff stitch. I’m struggling to find a video for this.
BellaCocoTeamSeptember 30, 2020 at 6:35 pm
I’m so happy to hear that you’ve found my tutorials helpful and are now following your first pattern I don’t have a tutorial for this stitch specifically but you can see how to make back post stitches on my basketweave tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpKQaEfiZvk&t=689s and how to make puff stitches on my tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct3TvXeHCkc&t=242s so hopefully these will give you some pointers. When a pattern says to work a back post stitch it is simply referring to where we should place our hook – in this case we are working around the actual post of the stitch and not into the top as normal. Hope this helps